Requires anyone convicted of a watercraft-related alcohol-related offense to complete a boating safety course.
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Huntley, Rivera
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the navigation law, in relation to requiring certain persons to complete a boating safety course prior to operating water craft
To prevent alcohol-related boating offenders from operating a vessel without first obtaining a boating safety certificate.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 -- Adds a new subdivision 9 to section 49-b of the Navigation Law. Requires that anyone under 21 who is convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.
Section 2 -- Effective date.
Boating tragedies on Skaneateles Lake, Oneida Lake, and the July 2006 BWI death of Syracuse-resident Tiffany Heitkamp have demonstrated to everyone that more stringent boating laws are needed in New York State. This legislation attempts to move New York State's statutes in the right direction by making boating safety a priority for New York State's government.
Every summer, millions of New Yorkers enjoy New York's wonderful lakes, rivers and canals. They deserve to know that New York State government is doing all it can to ensure that their aquatic recreational experience is enjoyable and -- more importantly -- safe. This bill would address that issue by requiring that anyone under 21 convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.
S.2504/A.5510 of 2009-10; S.6658A/A.10074A of 2008 (Passed Senate)
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law and shall apply to violations committed on or after such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2903--C Cal. No. 138 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 3, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. DeFRANCISCO, AVELLA, GRIFFO, JOHNSON, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of second report -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third read- ing -- recommitted to the Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the navigation law, in relation to requiring certain persons to complete a boating safety course prior to operating water craft THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 49-b of the navigation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12 to read as follows: 12. BOATING SAFETY COURSE. WHERE A PERSON HAS BEEN FOUND TO HAVE OPER- ATED A VESSEL AFTER HAVING CONSUMED ALCOHOL IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION THE HEARING OFFICER SHALL, IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER PENALTIES INVOKED UNDER THIS SECTION, REQUIRE SUCH PERSON TO COMPLETE A BOATING SAFETY COURSE OF THE STATE, U.S. POWER SQUADRONS OR U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY AND SHOW PROOF OF SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF SUCH COURSE TO THE HEARING OFFICER OR TO THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law and shall apply to violations committed on or after such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03769-06-2